Determining Optimal Baking Times for Bakery Products

When it comes to producing bakery products of the highest quality, every second counts. Finding how long each product needs to bake can make a huge difference in terms of quality and consumer satisfaction — too little baking could result in underdone products or uneven texture, while too much baking could mean that goods are dried out or hard. Determining optimal baking times for bakery products is therefore vital for any industrial bakery looking to ensure consistent results with every batch perfecting their recipe through trial and error.

Achieving that perfect balance between a soft and warm inside with a crisp outside is no easy feat, given how many parameters you have to track, maintain, and adjust. Reading Thermal is here to give bakeries the tools they need to accurately monitor exactly how long your baked goods need to bake before they’re ready. Developing these profiles is essential for bakeries that specialize in numerous different baked goods, such as bagels, crackers, donuts, and more. With the help of our SCORPION® 2 Profiling System and proprietary SCORPION® Software Version 8 (SV8), you can develop the perfect baking profile for each product, saving time and money while optimizing production flow. 

Analyzing Your Oven Environments

The amount of time your baked goods should spend in your oven cycle is dependent on the key baking parameters used during the baking process. Temperature, dwell time (length of exposure to heat), steam injection rate, and cooling cycles all play a role in the perfect baking profile for each product. Without the right data, it can be difficult to determine exactly what conditions are needed for the optimal baking results.

Creating an accurate profile of your oven conditions is made easy with the SCORPION® 2 Profiling System, providing all the data you need to create an accurate recipe for each of your products. Determining the baseline parameters present throughout each baking cycle, such as temperature, energy transfer, humidity levels, air velocity, and more is the first step – after this has been established, it’s possible to measure the product response while in line. By analyzing your complete thermal profile, bakeries can then ascertain the optimal baking times for producing superior baked goods.

Visual Representations of Your Oven Conditions

Every bit of information gathered from your baking cycle is stored onto our SCORPION® 2 Data Logger and later downloaded for analysis with our SCORPION® Software Version 8 (SV8). Every profile can be individually downloaded and processed for easy, intuitive analysis, giving you the ability to go back and review past data or compare parameters between different oven lines.

The software is capable of providing a graphical representation of the data so that it can be visualized more easily. Depictions of temperature ranges across the conveyor belts, percentage calculations for heat flux, and even 3D renderings of the entire baking cycle can be generated with a few clicks. This provides real-time insight into what happens to each batch produced within your bakery, allowing you to know exactly how long your baked products should bake for the perfect results.

Determining optimal baking times for bakery products is necessary, especially if your bakery produces different types of baked goods. A croissant shouldn’t have the same baking duration as a pretzel,  and with the help of Reading Thermal’s SCORPION® 2 Profiling System and SCORPION® Software Version 8 (SV8), bakeries can easily determine the exact baking times needed for every product. If you’re interested in our services, call us at (610) 678-5890 Ext. 2, or contact us online for more details about our innovative products.